Kadie the Cow
Backstory and Context
In the 1920s Kinnett Dairies was established when the father of John Kinnett bought an ice cream business from his Uncle and moved it from Macon to Columbus. In the 1960s, a giant 20 ft tall fiberglass cow, called Kadie came to fruition. Kinnett got the idea for Kadie when he was driving down Victory Dr. He saw a passing truck that was carrying a large cow down to Florida and later Kinnett tracked down the manufacturer. That hill off of Manchester Expressway is her home and the new owners of the land respected that.
In the early 2000”s the dairies were torn down and Best Buy was built but Kadie remained. In 2003 a random calf popped up by Kadie; Best Buy held a naming competition and the calf was to be called Bebe. After the calf was placed vandals of the city took things into their own hands. Bebe was taken away from Kadie and later found in a dumpster completely trashed. When the vandalism continued to occur Best Buy decided to take away Bebe and put it in storage.
Today she is located outside of Best Buy on Manchester Expressway. Kadie is used today when providing people with directions, as a fun stop on long road trips, and to pose as a monument to the once well loved Kinnett Dairies. Even though Kadie sits in front of a Best Buy instead of her beloved Kinnett Dairies, she still happily stands on that same hill looking over the wonderful city of Columbus.
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